BEN IS BACK: The second half is much weaker than the first, so I'd say it's more good than great. The main thing is, Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are truly fantastic and center this film with an understated power. #TIFF18— Tomas T. @ #TIFF18 (@WiltedScribe) September 9, 2018
Long story short: yes, we have two drug-addiction melodramas this year between parent and child. Yes, this one is also getting insane universal acclaim for the leads, this time Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges, and they will probably be in the Oscars race this year.
'Ben is Back' as a movie is getting mixed reviews, but the acting is top notch. Now it's just Lucas Hedges's worry of which of his two lead roles he's going to put in for Best Actor this year, this or Boy Erased. I'm guessing it'll be this one since this got WAY better reviews for him. 'Ben is Back' hits theaters in December.
Also, methinks Lucas might need a tag here soon since he's got so many damn movies out this fall.
Welcome to the Best Actress race Julia Robert's. When 'Ben is Back' is a family drama, it soars. When it makes a switch to kidnapping heist thriller, not so much.#TIFF18— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) September 9, 2018
Ben is Back aka Lucas Hedges should win an Oscar take two. What an emotional roller coaster. A powerful exploration of addiction. Julia Roberts best performance since Closer. #BenisBack pic.twitter.com/fV73xPBLfL— Scott Menzel @ TIFF (@TheOtherScottM) September 9, 2018
Toronto Film Review: Julia Roberts in ‘Ben Is Back’ https://t.co/D8K2y0mLLL— Variety (@Variety) September 9, 2018
Ben is Back is an actor's showcase for Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges - The key points are hit throughout, but it will hit especially hard for those who love addicts and know that addicts love drugs more than anything, even them. Roberts is especially good here.— Sasha Stone (@AwardsDaily) September 9, 2018
'Ben Is Back': Film review https://t.co/cDTds0rjkk— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 9, 2018
Ben is Back is the BEST film I’ve seen in a long time. Julia Roberts is stunning, better than ever, Lucas Hedges breaks my heart. I was on edge of my seat the whole time. It’s a thriller. About sobriety. About family. About drugs. About everything. Bravo, Peter Hedges. #TIFF18 pic.twitter.com/hQgHQuuksi— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 9, 2018
BEN IS BACK: the opioid crisis comes to Hollywood in a more nuanced addiction drama than you’d expect from the director of Dan in Real Life. Julia Roberts is solid, Lucas Hedges has never been better.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 9, 2018
my #tiff18 review: https://t.co/vGSLqjjZRT pic.twitter.com/v7SDL285gy